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Chicago crime increased over first warm weekend: 36 shot and 4 dead

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Chicago crime escalated with 4 murders during warm-weathered weekend in April 2014

Chicago crime escalated over the first warm weekend of the spring with there being at least 36 persons shot. Four of the victims ending up dead from their gunshot wounds, according to a Chicago Tribune report and a Sun-Times report on Sunday. More than half of the 36 shootings happened over a half-a-day which extended from Saturday afternoon into the early hours on Sunday.

The weekend shootings started on Friday afternoon at 3:30 in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of West Woodlawn. In the initial shooting, a 17-year-old girl was shot dead while another person was wounded. Another fatal shooting occurred in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood on Friday night. Yet another fatal shooting occurred in the Washington Park neighborhood in the early hours on Sunday.

Besides the 17-year-old girl, Gakirah Barnes of the 800 block of South South Shore Drive, being killed this past weekend in Chicago, other deceased persons’ names have been reported upon as well. Joshua Martinez, 20, of the 4900 block of South Karlov Avenue was killed later in the weekend. Another person who resided in the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue in Washington Park was shot to death. Of the two shot, Corey Brownlee was shot in the chest and did not survive. Additionally, a person named Shannon Mack, 34, died of multiple gunshot wounds over the violent weekend.

The temperature climbed to 80 degrees on Saturday – the first time temperatures have gotten that high this spring. Though Chicago police would not say that the 80-degree day had anything to do with the increase in crime this weekend, criminologists have previously asserted that weather definitely plays a factor in violent crimes. Chicago continues to boast of a reduction in crime as well as violence.